Photographic Workshops > Macro and Creative Close-Ups

Thursday 2nd May 2019

  • Common Primrose (Primula vulgaris), close-up of flower, Kent, England, April.

Ever since I first picked up a camera some 30 years ago, close-up photography has fascinated me. To record the world around me that many would, idly, walk by and take very little notice of. It’s only when you get down and look really closely that you can fully appreciate the breathtaking beauty of, say, a ladybird, the eye of a dragonfly or stamens of a delicate wood anemone.

The day will be a combination of classroom presentations and in-the-field photography where I will discuss, amongst other things, camera settings, exposure modes, ISO, white balance, reading the histogram, viewpoint and composition. I will tackle the use of extension tubes, close-up filters, lens-stacking, flash and, even, wide-angle macro.

The date has been chosen, specifically, to coincide with the flowering of bluebells in the reserve's woodland.

Aside from the technical aspects I will discuss the thought process behind my images so that, at the end of the day, you not only have a much clearer understanding of the techniques used in close-up photography but you leave full of inspiration and keen to put into practice the many ideas, hints and tips that I will have given you.

How To Book

To book a place, simply download and fill out the booking form (see Downloads on the right) and return to Robert either by post or email. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of both the booking form and deposit.

Through payment of this workshop you are agreeing to the workshop’s terms and conditions as stipulated on the booking form.

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"Had a great day at Pulborough Brooks with Robert, his teaching is really good as he does it at your level, you also get lots of tips to aid your work. Nothing is too much trouble and I would recommend him to anyone (even if starting out). Thanks for a really enjoyable day".
Brian Doust

"Thanks for a really good day on Monday. I learnt a lot more about my camera and the talks were both very informative and inspirational. I have been out since and used the Histogram to better effect and it has made me think more about the composition of my pictures. Thanks again for a very good workshop".
Penny Skoyles

"I learned a lot about my camera, composition and how to use depth of field to my advantage. I definitely came away inspired and will never look at a bluebell in the same way again! It was the perfect balance of theory and practical".
Jill Denis

"Just like to say thank you for a truly inspiring day today at RSPB Pulborough. I have been with my camera club and interested in Photography for some 14 years. I have to say that I learnt more with you today than I have in a long long time. Really enjoyed the day and will be booking on another of your courses soon".
Rob Carter

"Many thanks for the workshop, I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it, you found time for each of us and pitched things at at a level where we all learned something new."
Peter Yarrow

Thursday 2nd May 2019
Start : 10:00
End : 16:00

Price : £145

Group size : 8
(Workshop Full)


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Cost: £145
Deposit: £50
Group size: 8
Min: 6
Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex. 
Level of fitness: Low. A few undulations but nothing excessive. Total distance of about 1 mile. Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Experience level: This workshop is suitable for those that own a DSLR or Bridge and not a point-and-shoot camera. Attendees should have prior, though not necessarily in-depth, understanding of the cameras controls and settings, including exposure and ISO.
Equipment needed: No specialised close-up equipment required. A Bridge,  SLR or Mirrorless CSC with wide-angle and medium telephoto zoom will be sufficient. However, should you have close-up filters, extension tubes and/or a macro lens, these will be useful though not essential. A full list of what to bring will be supplied upon receipt of booking. Not suitable for those using a mobile phone camera or point-and-shoot compact.